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Julia and the Shark

On sale

2nd September 2021

Price: £7.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781510107809

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From bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and acclaimed illustrator Tom de Freston comes an extraordinary story about family, friendship and hope. Illustrated throughout in black, white and yellow, this stunning book is perfect for 9+ fans of David Almond, Sally Gardner and Frances Hardinge.

‘Stunning’ Cressida Cowell

‘A book to treasure!’ Jacqueline Wilson

‘A classic from cover to cover’ Eoin Colfer

‘A rich, immersive and wondrous journey’ Sophie Anderson

A remote island. A stormy summer. And an adventure as big as the Great Greenland shark …

My name is Julia.
This is the story of the summer I spent living in a lighthouse.
The summer I almost lost my mum, and found a shark older than trees.
Don’t worry though, that doesn’t spoil the ending …

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer – her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark. But when her mother’s obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope…

A beautiful and uplifting story about a mother, a daughter, and love – with timely themes of the importance of science and the environment.


Irish Independent
A beautifully written, moving exploration of family, friendship and mental health, with exquisite illustrations by de Freston
New York Times
Such rich and vivid prose ... with beautiful illustrations by Tom de Freston
Jacqueline Wilson
A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony. A book to treasure!
Katherine Webber Tsang
Truly extraordinary. Julia and the Shark is contemporary MG at its best but with a hint of the fantastic. It is the kind of book that you will want to have on your shelves and treasure
Cressida Cowell
Tom de Freston's stunning illustrations perfectly complement the poetry of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's story
Cat Doyle
INCREDIBLE. Poignant and lyrical and beautiful, it's my favourite of Kiran's books so far and that is saying something. Tom's stunning artwork just brings it to a whole other level
Ross Montgomery, author of The Midnight Guardians
What a gorgeous book - calm, funny, heartfelt, wise, full of the quiet and force of the sea
The Daily Mail
A triumph
The Daily Mail
Beautifully written, sensitive exploration of mental illness, fear and families
The Observer
A tale of courage, understanding and compassion
Eoin Colfer
Julia and the Shark is deep, beautiful and true. The art shines and the writing soars. A classic from cover to cover.
The Observer
Illustrated with dreamlike fluency
The Telegraph
Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
A rich, immersive and wondrous journey, through deep darkness to hope and light
This beautifully illustrated book proves that picture books are not only for the youngest readers. The black and white sketches are deliberately highlighted with yellow accents that light up the pages in some places, and delicate tracing paper inserts make images shift when you turn them, emphasising the lurking shark. This is a powerful story of love, family and fighting to keep your head above water.
Hilary McKay
There are no wasted words in this book. Like a seashell, or a flying bird, it is uncluttered and vital. The illustrations, by Tom de Freston, are mesmerising. I loved it.
Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse
I fell in love with the tale itself, the setting (I do love a lighthouse!), the characters and the little details - it's a beautiful, forceful storm of a book